Science Speaks: A Focus on NIOSH Women in Science

collage of women in science interviewees

The Women in Science video series spotlights a few of NIOSH’s many talented female scientists. In these videos, each woman talks about her personal journey into science, challenges and experiences she’s had along the way, work and her profession, and how she balances work duties with her personal life. Also, these talented and dedicated women offer advice to aspiring scientists, encouraging girls and young women to explore the sciences and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). In this way, NIOSH joins with others in the scientific community to address the disproportionately small representation of women in today’s STEM professions, and to encourage women to consider rewarding scientific careers.

Kendra Broadwater, Industrial Hygienist

Kendra Broadwater

Kendra Broadwater, an industrial hygienist, talks about how her environmental health studies and research experience has led to a meaningful career in workplace safety and health at NIOSH

Elizabeth Masterson, Epidemiologist

Liz Masterson

Liz shares her journey to epidemiology, explains the importance of research in protecting workers, and offers advice to aspiring scientists.

Sara Luckhaupt, Medical Epidemiologist

Sara Luckhaupt

Sara talks about how her love of mystery books as a kid led to a career as a disease detective at NIOSH, where she solves problems to help protect America’s workforce.

Rebecca Guerin, Health Communication Specialist

Rebecca Guerin

Rebecca talks about how her adventures abroad steered her towards a fulfilling career in health communication at NIOSH.

Sudha Pandalai, Medical Officer

Sudha Pandalai

Sudha shares how she switched from neurosurgery to occupational medicine after an experience with a severe head trauma patient.

Deborah Hirst, Research Civil and Environmental Health Engineer

Deborah Hirst

Deborah talks about her work as a research civil and environmental health engineer where she can break things and redesign them to be better.

Kellie Pierson, Research Psychologist

Kellie Pierson

Kellie talks about her journey to psychology, describes her field experience, and shares some of her fun, after-work activities.

Tara Hartley, Epidemiologist

Tara Hartley

Tara talks about her career path to epidemiology and how rewarding it is to see her research benefit workers.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

“The development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is critical to America’s global leadership.”
—The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, 2013.

“Attracting and retaining more women in the [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] workforce will maximize innovation, creativity, and competiveness.”
—The American Association of University Women, 2010

At NIOSH, the mission of world-class research for preventing work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths engages talented women, like those featured in this video series, in various STEM disciplines.

Below are links to resources by other organizations related to initiatives for engaging young women in STEM careers.